Unfortunately, this is the end to the “Inside of the Kansas City Shock” series. We talked with assistant coach, Edson Ortiz. Ortiz, like his wife Nicole, has an extensive soccer background that includes being the captain at Graceland University for three years. Ortiz has also coached at Graceland leading them to two NAIA Conference Championships and the men’s team to the first NAIA National Tournament. Edson’s long-awaited interview finally happened and we can’t think of a better way to end this great series. Edson had some great quotes that we think you will find very compelling and interesting but before you start reading the Q&A, we would like to thank the Kansas City Shock staff for their gratitude, appreciation and participation.
Q. How did you get involved with the Shock?
Edson Ortiz. I was surfing online and saw that there was a new women’s premier soccer
team starting in Kansas City. I was interested in applying for the head
coaching position and my wife was interested in trying out as a player.
Things went a little different but we both ended up being part of the team
Q. Did you ever think you would be apart of an organization like this?
EO. Not necessarily something at this level. I’ve coached at the collegiate
level before and the plan was always to get back to coaching at the
collegiate level but it was definitely not in my plans to make a stop like
Q. What have you learned the most from the Shock?
EO. It takes a lot of work, time, energy and dedication to get a program at this level up and running.
Q. What has been your favorite part?
EO. That we get to build this program from scratch.
Q. How do you balance a job with the Shock?
EO. Makes for extended days from time to time but nothing that I wasn’t expecting.
Q. Where do you expect the Shock to be in ten years?
EO. I would expect them to be a well-known team in Kansas City and be very
involved in the community.